“Lost Girl”

“Lost Girl”

If I could place a bet in Vegas on the biggest surprise hit in American television for 2012 I’d bet the house on “Lost Girl,” which debuts on the SyFy Channel tomorrow night, Monday, January 16th, at 10pm (EST). I spent quite a bit of time in the summer and fall of 2010 at our cottage in Nova Scotia and saw one night on Showcase (the network of Canadian-originated commercial television) the debut of a gothic fantasy/sci-fi series. Within five minutes I knew I was watching would be the biggest independent hit in the States since Buffy Vampire Slayer and...

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Like A Miracle, Last Night

Like A Miracle, Last Night

I drove over to Westfield Mall last night to pay my final respects to Borders, the large bookstore with café that had thrived here while the rest of the chain ran red. Without Borders, Meriden*, Cheshire, Southington, Berlin and Middlefield were left without a bookstore. I looked through the windows of the vacated space with a very tight throat. It wasn’t just the demise of the store, but the Walden store that had preceded it, and most of all the jobs of the loyal staff that had smoothly managed the transition from one to the other. When the Book...

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Foreign Editions in Spring Cleaning

Foreign Editions in Spring Cleaning

Last summer I closed out a storage unit of correspondence, files, books and memorabilia from my publishing career and temporarily stored the stuff in my living room in CT.  Recreating this website was supposed to glavanize the conversion of  piles and piles of print things to electronic records but I fear all the boxes are pretty much still where they were left.  (Since the living room is 18 x 32 feet you can imagine what a MAJOR task this has become!) So the deal is, a box a day may mean Christmas morning can return to the living room this year… The box I tackled this...

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What is Betty and White and read all over?

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Since we saw Betty at her New York Times gig, Author & Company published in eBook form the first book she wrote by herself.  ”I reread Betty White in Person and I was fascinated, naturally―because it was about ME.  But I was also intrigued by my perspective of TV twenty-five years ago, little dreaming that this old broad would still be hanging around and still be in the same business, and talking about an electronic edition of this book!” Betty White and I had the same editor at Doubleday & Company, Loretta Barrett, and we became her first two...

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Is President Obama Doing a Good Thing by De-Funding RIF, the Gold Standard of Non-Profits?

Is President Obama Doing a Good Thing by De-Funding RIF, the Gold Standard of Non-Profits?

No. And, in the end, Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush II came to hold my view that RIF is just about the LAST non-profit  that should be tampered with, because, they, too, came to discover that Reading is Fundamental is a paragon of what every non-profit charity receiving any government funds should be. Through a vast network of volunteers and professionals across America, RIF reaches  at-risk and/or under-served children (with particular focus on children 8 and younger) and whatever caretaker they may have, to introduce reading as a part of everyday life at home. I was blessed by growing up in a...

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“Take Alexandra Waring to bed tonight”

“Take Alexandra Waring to bed tonight”

Wow, look at what surfaced here today! A cardboard placard from Doubleday to advertise the publication of WEST END on the busses and subways of New York. Banged up but proof positive of the anchorwoman’s appeal around town in the fall of 1989. As most of you know, I slightly altered the ending of WEST END for the electronic versions at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I am pleased to report that the feedback has been very good and my next task is to see those slight alterations made in the next print edition. At any rate, I thought you...

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Castleford, Meriden and the Sally Harrington Mysteries

Castleford, Meriden and the Sally Harrington Mysteries

The six Sally Harrington mysteries are being republished in electronic formats these days and this seems as good a time as any to talk about the  model for Sally’s hometown of Castleford. Exposé (first Sally Harrington mystery, and book #5 in “The Alexandra Chronicles”), was the first novel I wrote which opens in “normal America,” that is to say, in a small American post-industrial city called Castleford in Connecticut,  inspired by the real-life Meriden, where I own a home. Meriden is the first normal place in America I’ve lived. I grew up in Darien, Connecticut, a town which made its literary debut in...

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